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How long does Levemir last in your system?

Last Updated: 17th March, 2020

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The concentration of Levemir in your blood can remain close to peak levels for up to 24 hours.

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Simply so, what is the best time of day to take Levemir?

When to take the insulin

  • Inject Levemir under the skin once or twice daily as directed by your doctor.
  • When taken once daily, inject the insulin with the evening meal or at bedtime; when taken twice daily, the evening dose should be taken with the evening meal, at bedtime, or 12 hours following the morning dose.

Also Know, is levemir short or long acting? Levemir is the brand name for insulin detemir. It is approved to treat high blood sugar levels in adults and children over 2 years of age with diabetes. It is a long acting insulin with slow, consistent absorption with no pronounced peak in insulin release.

Consequently, what happens if I forget to take my Levemir?

If you miss a dose of Levemir, try to take it as soon as you remember. If it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double your dose.

Can Levemir be given twice daily?

Dosing. LEVEMIR is a recombinant human insulin analog for once- or twice-daily subcutaneous administration. Patients who require twice-daily dosing can administer the evening dose with the evening meal, at bedtime, or 12 hours after the morning dose. The dose of LEVEMIR must be individualized based on clinical response

Related Question Answers

Heydi Renukunta

Professional

Where is the best place to inject Levemir?

Levemir® can be injected in the thigh, abdomen, or upper arm. It's important to change the injection site within your injection area each time you inject and not inject into the exact same spot each time.

Yandira Albertina

Professional

Does levemir make you sleepy?

This medication can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) include thirst, increased urination, confusion, drowsiness, flushing, rapid breathing, and fruity breath odor.

Fadiala Knopke

Professional

Can you take Levemir in the morning?

Usual Adult Dose of Levemir for Diabetes Type 2:
-Once daily dosing should be administered with the evening meal or at bedtime; twice daily dosing should be given morning and evening; the evening dose may be given with dinner, at bedtime, or 12 hours after the morning dose.

Debora Cueco

Explainer

What happens if you take too much Levemir?

Levemir Overdose
If you administer too much Levemir, your blood sugar may fall low (hypoglycemia). You can treat mild low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) by drinking or eating something sugary right away (fruit juice, sugar candies, or glucose tablets). You should know the symptoms of low blood sugar.

Allene Vollgold

Explainer

How long does it take for Levemir to lower blood sugar?

Long-acting: It begins working around four hours after injection and it has the ability to work for up to 24 hours. These insulins do not peak but are steady throughout the day. Examples of long-acting insulin including glargine (Lantus) and detemir (Levemir).

Denzel Cord

Explainer

Is levemir a good insulin?

LEVEMIR® is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus. LEVEMIR® is not recommended for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. Intravenous rapid-acting or short-acting insulin is the preferred treatment for this condition.

Iacopo Astor

Pundit

How do I know what size insulin pen needle to use?

8mm Needles
The 8mm needle is still short and very thin, with an average gauge of 31, but it's just slightly longer than the 4mm or 6mm needle. With this length, you may need to pinch the skin to get the most accurate injection. Options in this length include: GlucoRx FinePoint Pen Needles Universal Fit 8mm 31G.

Rossitza Halhoul

Pundit

Why is levemir dosed twice daily?

LEVEMIR is a recombinant human insulin analog for once- or twice-daily subcutaneous administration. Patients treated with LEVEMIR once-daily should administer the dose with the evening meal or at bedtime. In patients with type 1 diabetes, LEVEMIR must be used in a regimen with rapid-acting or short-acting insulin.

Martirian Sanhueza

Pundit

Does levemir make you gain weight?

Yes, it is possible that insulin can cause weight gain, although there are ways that you may be able to prevent it. Certain types of insulin are more likely to lead to weight gain than others: NPH insulin causes more weight gain than Lantus, for example, and Lantus causes more weight gain than Levemir.

Fikria Lazhintsev

Pundit

Can I take insulin 2 hours after eating?

Don't wait more than 15 minutes to eat after taking a mealtime insulin. If you wait too long to eat, your blood sugar can actually end up getting too low. This puts you at risk for hypoglycemia.

Elson Zariquiey

Pundit

Does levemir cause cancer?

Levemir does not increase risk of cancer: studies. VIENNA (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk's Levemir was not associated in any increase in incidence of cancer when compared with human insulin in studies including some 9,000 patients, according to a new analysis released on Thursday.

Daymara Ferragut

Teacher

What happens if you miss an insulin shot?

If short term/rapid/bolus insulin was forgotten
If you forgot to take your meal time insulin ( bolus insulin ) and you realise relatively soon, it will usually be fine to inject the dose you would have given yourself if the dose is given within 2 hours of when it should have been done.

Abdon Johannpeter

Teacher

What happens if insulin is taken after food?

For prevention of insulin induced hypoglycemia it should be given after meal or breakfast. The dose will be adjusted according to the previous status and amount of the food taken. Some time patient may forget to take meal or refuse to take meal after taking insulin. In these cases serious hypoglycemia can cause death.

Holger Roesch

Teacher

Can levemir cause hypoglycemia?

Taking Levemir with certain other diabetes medications may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). To avoid this interaction, you and your doctor will need to carefully monitor your blood sugar when you take Levemir with these diabetes medications.

Apostol Diallo

Teacher

Can you drink alcohol with Levemir?

There is no known interaction between Levemir and alcohol. However, drinking too much alcohol while taking Levemir can increase your risk for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This is because both alcohol and Levemir can lower your blood sugar levels on their own.

Crecencio Saucedo

Reviewer

Is Hypoglycemia a sign of diabetes?

In people without diabetes, hypoglycemia can result from the body producing too much insulin after a meal, causing blood sugar levels to drop. This is called reactive hypoglycemia. Reactive hypoglycemia can be an early sign of diabetes.

Ellena Hermosilla

Reviewer

Can't remember if I took my insulin?

Many people on insulin report problems of not remembering whether or not they took an injection. It is better to hold off on injecting and monitor your blood glucose levels every 30 minutes. If your blood glucose levels become too high, it could indicate that you have not injected.

Jatri Youdine

Reviewer

Which insulin is best?

Continued
Type of Insulin & Brand Names Onset Duration
Aspart (Novolog) 10-20 min. 3-5 hours
Glulisine (Apidra) 20-30 min. 1-2 1/2 hours
Short-Acting
Regular (R) or novolin 30 min. -1 hour 5-8 hours

Rozanne Tassinari

Reviewer

Is there a substitute for Levemir?

There are a couple of alternatives to Levemir that you may want to talk with your doctor about. First off, Lantus and the more affordable biosimilar, Basaglar, are both long-acting insulins used for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Lantus and Basaglar provide the same units of insulin per milliliter as Levemir.